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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Starting

When things go wrong or don’t turn out the way you pictured them in your head, you just have to go with the best intentions defense. I have a lot of good intentions. — Blake Shelton

I really like this quote by Blake Shelton; lately it has kind of been the way I’ve lived my life. With the “end of the year” this and the “beginning of the year” that, I’ve struggled to maintain the day-to-day activities. One thing in particular that I haven’t been a real go-getter on is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Thank goodness, staff member Sharon Bishop has done some thinking on the matter and has taken action. This program challenges parents and caregivers to share 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters school. Doing so will help their children develop critical early literacy skills from birth that prepares them to enter school.

Sharon has come up with the idea to give parents options on how they want to manage the program. There are apps for iPhone and Android users where they can keep track of the books on their phone. To download book record sheets, go to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. You can choose just how detailed you want to get with the program. You can download two sheets to write down the first 100 books read or you can download four sheets. The two sheets have 50 lines each and the four sheets have 25 lines each. The four sheets give you much more space for scrapbooking opportunities if you are wanting to make this an amazing keepsake for your child. We will be providing three-ring binders to keep your sheets in as you and yours move through your 1000 books. Eventually, in the very near future, we will have the sheets available on the counter.

We would like for you to visit the library after reaching every 100-book milestone, so that we can celebrate with you. A bulletin board will be set up just to acknowledge those participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Give us a call or come in and talk to us if you have any questions.

We have a magazine rack close to the entrance where people can bring their magazines they no longer want and pick up magazines they have not read yet. For the first time since we started it a year ago, it is sitting empty. If you have an excess of magazines sitting around, we would be more than happy to provide the space for you to share them with others!

Starting a New Year

newspapers in reading roomStarting a new year around here isn’t an easy thing. There are so many things to get done in the first six weeks that my to-do list is beginning to look like a chapter book! One of the things I have to get done soon is confirming our magazine order. This is the time of year that we choose whether to continue receiving each of the magazines or dropping th subscription and trying out a different one.

I know there are magazine readers out there. The worst thing about magazine subscriptions is the accumulation that can build up and spread over every available space. We can help you with that around here. Is there a magazine that you really, really like to read, but don’t want to subscribe to? Is there a magazine that you would like to look through before you do subscribe to it? Do you just want a Friday evening at home reading a variety of magazines? Come in and check out what we do have and give us your suggestions on what you wish we had.

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is going good throughout the county. Parents are getting their young children signed up to receive their book each month. You can drop by the library and pick up an enrollment form or you can go to imaginationlibrary.com and sign your child up online. All children under five years old are eligible to receive a book each month. The first book will take 8 to 10 weeks to arrive. One thing I would like to add, if you have more than one child under five, sign each one of them up. They each will receive their own book that is age appropriate.

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Lincoln Library, Hardtner Library, and Kiowa Library are all working together so the program will be uniform county-wide. We will begin enrolling children in the program on February 3rd! Come on by and we will get your child signed up and answer any questions you may have.

The Expansion Committee will be meeting this week in hopes of moving closer to finalizing the plans for the newest addition. There will be no boredom at Lincoln Library in 2020!

Working with Kids Is Like an Abstract Painting

Lincoln Library was blessed to be one of the recipients of six grants issued by The Peoples Heartland Foundation. The $500 from this grant will be used to purchase board games and shelves to store them. The money will also allow for a table and chairs in a specified area for the playing of these games.

We are so grateful for their generosity, as it will provide numerous options for patrons in search of something to do. Although many come through the door hoping for an available computer, these games will add to their choices of things to do while waiting for their turn on a computer.

This game corner is not just for our younger patrons! We would like to encourage anyone in any age group to come in and play one or a few games. Challenge these young ones to a game; they would love it.

Let me tell you about one of our newest patrons. Her name is Shannon and she’s new in town. She came in and filled out the paperwork for a library card and we went through the usual chit-chat of meeting someone. She shared some of the details that brought her to this time in her life and out the door she went.

It was not too many days before she walked back through our door. This time she was bearing gifts. She is a crafter, and she brought samples for us. Before long she was giving fun things to the young patrons, along with her time. A couple of times she brought her crafting stuff here to the library and let the kids create whatever was in their imagination. She has scheduled another crafting time that is coming up soon, and the kids can hardly wait. They enjoy the crafting and creating, but they also enjoy the attention and conversation she gives them.

I think sometimes we think that working with kids is going to be like a Norman Rockwell painting; it is a time for warm and fuzzy feelings! Then we become shell-shocked when we do work with kids because it is more like an abstract painting with an unknown origin. The thing is, abstract paintings are beautiful when you focus on each individual, vivid and vibrant color and the unusual and unique blends, and that pretty well describes our children here at Lincoln Library.

Two Early Literacy Programs Coming

We at Lincoln Library care for all our patrons! Whether it is hooking them up with a book they want to read or a movie they want to see, we try our best. If they need copies made, faxes sent, or something laminated, we are there for them. We are happy to help those in school in any way we can; tell us your need.

woman reading a book to childrenThen there is the young group, the preschoolers. It is an age group we get attached to pretty quickly! We see them a lot through the summer reading program, and then we have our regulars for Story Hour! We love to see them walk through our door. The first five years are so important in a child’s life. Here are some facts that don’t really need any further explanation.

  1. Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do to promote his or her future reading ability.
  2. Reading to young children will extend their attention spans.
  3. Reading aloud to children aids in language development.
  4. As you read aloud, it builds listening skills and the power of the child’s imagination is strengthened.
  5. Reading aloud helps build a child’s comprehension.
  6. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge.
  7. A range of books teaches children about different topics.
  8. Reading together helps to create a bond.
  9. Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool.
  10. Reading to children calms them, especially when he or she is fretful and restless.

There are so many more reasons to read to your child and they are all important. We at Lincoln Library want to provide as much encouragement and resources as possible. With this in mind, we are in the process of establishing two early literacy programs in Barber County, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

As we get closer to the implementation of these programs, we will be posting details on Facebook, information in The Gyp Hill Premiere and reaching out to schools and churches in Barber County to involve as many preschoolers as possible in these excellent programs.